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Occurrence of Phytophthora cinnamomi in cork oak forests in Italy

Scanu, Bruno and Linaldeddu, Benedetto Teodoro and Franceschini, Antonio and Anselmi, Naldo and Vannini, Andrea and Vettraino, Anna Maria (2013) Occurrence of Phytophthora cinnamomi in cork oak forests in Italy. Forest Pathology, Vol. 43 (4), p. 340-343. eISSN 1439-0329. Article.

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DOI: 10.1111/efp.12039


An increasing decline and mortality of cork oak trees have been recently observed in central Italy and Sardinia Island. Following surveys conducted in three declining cork oak forests, a Phytophthora species was consistently isolated from soil samples collected from trees displaying different level of decline. Based on morphological features, growth rates at different temperatures and analysis of DNA sequences of the ITS region, all isolates were identified as Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands. This pathogen caused large brownish lesions on inoculated freshly cut branches of cork oak. It was re-isolated from all infected tissues. These findings represent the first report of P. cinnamomi on cork oak trees in Italy.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:8939
Uncontrolled Keywords:Phytophthora cinnamomi, cork oak trees, Italy
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/12 Patologia vegetale
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Agraria
Publisher:Blackwell / Wiley
Deposited On:19 Jun 2013 16:20

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